Could Scott Boras' failure of an offseason help Yankees with Juan Soto extension?

2024 New York Yankees Spring Training
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Scott Boras has reigned over Major League Baseball for quite a while. He represents the top talent in the game, and gets them the most possible money. He even represents some middling clients and somehow gets them bigger contracts than one might expect. But this offseason, he finally hit a non-COVID-related wall.

Does that mean the New York Yankees now have a chance to capitalize on Boras' situation with Juan Soto? Or will Boras be out for blood come November?

Boras, so far, has only had one of his top-tier clients sign. That was Cody Bellinger after spring training started, and he only got a one-year deal (it's a three-year contract with opt outs) after a resurgent season that many believed would get the slugger paid long term.

Nope. Meanwhile, Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, JD Martinez and Matt Chapman remain unsigned. Jose Altuve signed an extension with the Houston Astros, but that was hardly a win for Boras -- it was a team-friendly deal that will make Altuve stay in H-Town for life.

Come the conclusion of the 2024 season, Boras will be busy yet again. For starters, he's going to easily get Gerrit Cole an extra $36 million once the ace triggers his opt-out clause with the Yankees (and the Yankees shut it down by tacking on another year to his contract). Then there's Max Scherzer, Alex Bregman, Corbin Burnes, Max Fried and Soto.

Could Scott Boras' failure of an offseason help Yankees with Juan Soto extension?

At the end of the day, Soto is getting his money, and it's going to be well north of the $440 million contract extension he turned down from the Washington Nationals. And though Boras clients typically don't sign extensions, a good first impression in New York can potentially have these two sides wrap things up before other suitors enter the mix.

Soto's spoken highly of New York, the iconic franchise and its Dominican fanbase, in addition to the stars currently on the roster. And the fact he has family members repping the Bombers helps even more. Ultimately, the choice is up to him.

Again, he's making his money. Any contract extension will not feature a "discount" -- that won't work for one of the best talents in the game. It'd just represent security, which might be something Soto eventually seeks if he loves New York, playing alongside Aaron Judge, and doesn't want to risk his free agency lagging along like many Boras clients are experiencing.

Then again, Soto is the exception, not the rule. He's hitting free agency earlier than most. He's already a generational hitter and World Series champion at 25 years old. He'll call the shots (even though he said he leaves that up to Boras).

At this rate, it's probably best not to leave it up to Boras. Yes, biased take coming here, but getting your money and remaining in a setting of your choice that you experience firsthand might be the prudent move. Or, you can take an extra $50 million to play in Queens and descend into irrelevance!